Theories of Personality

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Theories of Personality

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Historical and theoretical examination of the concept of personality. Scientific conceptualization of human behaviour and critical evaluation and comparison of personality theories, with respect to comprehensiveness, empirical validity and applied value. Applications of principles of personality development to contemporary society.

    This course examines the development of personality theory from Freud to the present, and is therefore essential as it provides a global view of the field. An understanding of personality theory is important in the application of psychology as a helping professional and as a scientific investigator.

    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Conceptualise aspects of human behaviour scientifically.
    2. Describe and explain the structure of the main personality theories.
    3. Identify and trace the development of key concepts in personality theories.
    4. Critically evaluate personality theories on the basis of the following criteria: comprehensiveness, precision/testability, parsimony, empirical validity, heuristic and applied value.
    5. Elaborate on the concepts and language used by different theoretical models to define the structure of personality.

    In congruence with teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - Classes consist of lectures, discussions, in-class activities, and case study discussions.
    - Office hours
    - Use of Blackboard site


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